Berry Writers Festival - 25 - 27 October 2024Berry Writers Festival 2024 - 25-27 October 2024
Because words matter

Judith Crispin

Judith Nangala Crispin is an award-winning poet, academic and visual artist of Indigenous and mixed descent, living on unceded Yuin Country. She traces her lineage to Bpangerang people of the Murray River. Judith has spent two decades working with the Warlpiri people in the Northern Tanami, with whom she has forged lifelong ties. She is a proud member of the First Nations Australia Writing Network. Judith holds a PhD in Music from The Australian National University and a Doctor of Arts in Poetry from The University of Sydney. She has published three books Pillars of the Temple, The Myrrh-Bearers, and The Lumen Seed. Her verse novel The Dingo’s Noctuary will be published in 2024. Her recent prizes include the 2020 Blake Prize for Poetry and the 2023 Sunshine Coast Art Prize. Her work has been shortlisted for the 2024 Peter Porter Prize, the 2024 Alpine Poetry Fellowship, the 2023 Luma Recontres Book Prize, the 2023 Red Room Poetry Prize, the 2023 Milburn Art Prize, and the 2023 Ravenswood Art Prize. Judith’s poem ‘Voyage Through the Universe Via Katherine’, will be deposited on the Moon in 2024, as part of NASA’s Lunar Codex.  


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The Berry Writers Festival acknowledges the Dharawal and Dhurga language-speaking groups who are traditional owners of this area. We acknowledge their customs and culture, which have nourished, and continue to nourish, this land. And we extend our respects to Elders, past, present, and future.

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Berry Writers Festival Partner: BundanonDymocks books & giftsSouth Coast Property StylingBerry Writers Festival Partner: South Coast Writers Centre